For the last year, the biggest debate in the 2014 NBA Draft was whether or not Duke Blue Devils’ small forward Jabari Parker or Kansas Jayhawks small forward Andrew Wiggins was the better prospect.
According to a league survey, more executives view Parker as the better pick.
NBA.com’s David Aldridge agrees, ranking Parker as the top small forward on the board.
Scouts basically cleave this way about the duo: if you want to win a game tonight, pick Parker. If you want to win a game in two years, pick Wiggins. He might wind up being the more complete pro. Might.
“They’re two different players,” an Eastern Conference general manager said. “Jabari’s more skilled, more polished, a more ready small forward in the mold of Carmelo [Anthony]. And Wiggins is in the more athletic, quicker, faster mold of small forward. Depending on who gets the pick, even if you talk about somebody who gets the one or two pick, obviously if Milwaukee or Philly got it, they’d just take the player they like better … but if a team that is not expected to get into the top three, like Detroit [is expected to be picking] at eight or Cleveland [is expected to be picking] at nine, now I think you really have some interesting things. They’re going to choose based on the players they have.”
Doug McDermott of the Creighton Blue Jays, Parkers’ teammate, Rodney Hood, and T.J. Warren of the North Carolina State Wolfpack round out Aldridge’s top five.